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Launch of Dragonfly Mission to Saturn’s moon, Titan, planned for 2026

NASA just announced some great news for readers of the ice moon series: in 2026, so in just seven years, an innovative mission will be launched to Titan, a mission that will study the surface of the fascinating moon with the help of an autonomous drone. “Dragonfly” should find good flying conditions there – the atmospheric pressure at Titan’s surface is 50% higher than the air pressure at the Earth’s surface. Under those conditions, even a human in a wingsuit could fly under his or her own power, researchers believe, because Titan’s gravity (which is only slightly greater than Mercury’s) is also significantly less than here at home.

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